Six Episode Documentary Series
Produced for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Meet the ground-breaking artists who boldly challenge what we know about biology, nature and our own bodies: the genesis of a new definition of life itself.
Series available to stream on ABC iView
A new generation of artists are repurposing living material to make us reflect upon our own bodies and question what makes us ‘human.’ Australia is home to many such provocative artists working in different fields of research, redefining life in a new way, each of them inducing wonder, fascination and amazement in their unique perspective of what it means to be alive.
BIOGENESIS investigates creative and peculiar living experiments through the personal journeys of six artists that have developed ground-breaking work by manipulating life in the laboratory. In each story we witness the birth of a new artwork, performance or exhibition as the artists share with us what drove them down their distinct personal path of discovery, with insight from scientists and mentors that influenced and assisted them along the way.
With unprecedented access to the labs of world leading Bio Art facilities, behold the creation of paradigm shifting ideas that will challenge and inspire. Each artist investigates concepts that question the future of science and the evolution of humanity itself.
In this series we look deeper into issues of artificial intelligence, the human microbiome, the social and medical discourse of fat, feminine identity and hygiene, the honeybee crisis and the invisible suffering of chronically ill medical patients. These biological artists question emerging scientific developments, introducing new stories that allow us to understand, embrace and utilise advances in science in the 21st century.
Through these six unique stories, we question how these artworks reflect upon our own bodies and our own definition of life itself as we learn how these biological artists are influencing the international art world through this fascinating manipulation of living matter into art.
B I O G E N E S I S
DIRECTOR AND WRITER
BLUE FOREST MEDIA
TITLES & GRAPHICS
MICHAEL TUCAK - CREATIVE LEGAL
POST PRODUCTION SCRIPT
WIM VAN EGMOND
JOHN A DOUGLAS
ARTIST’S WORK RESEARCHED AND DEVELOPED IN THE LABS OF SYMBIOTICA, UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Blue Forest would like to thank the staff and curators of
Today’s Art Festival, Siteworks Bundanon, Carriageworks Performance Space,
PICA, Perth City Farm and SymbioticA
FILMED AND PRODUCED IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
A BLUE FOREST PRODUCTION
Produced in association with the AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Executive Producer Sally Chesher & Lin Jie Kong
Manager of Arts Richard Buckham
Developed and Produced with the assistance of SCREENWEST
Art Bites is an initiative of Screen Australia and the ABC
© 2019 Blue Forest Media Pty Ltd, Screenwest (Australia) Ltd